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    Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    I wondered if anyone has used an ozone generator successfully to eliminate odors inside a car.

    I've read several online articles on using them for air purifying and "freshening" - but so far nothing on how effective they are for odors in car carpeting, upholstery, headliner, "behind the dash", a/c ducts, etc.

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    Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    I gave my Step-Mom one to put in her Mercury as Dad smoked heavy. She said it worked. If you aren't driving the vehicle for a few days, pour vinegar in a wide mouth jar and set in a pie pan on the floorboard, clears smells in a few days. Friend of mine who owned a body shop did this on impound towed cars. Knew bot to clean blood out too.
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    Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    Thanks Larry. Do you recall if that ozone generator was one of the "small" ones like this?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-O...w/372636948086

    Or the "heftier" models like:

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/New-Comf...105a/300571933
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    Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    It plugged one into the cigarette lighter, wasn't real big. Been a while, don't remember where we got it. And wasn't expensive back then. Might be at Dollar General or Walgreens now, might be at WallyWorld.
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    Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    I've used ground coffee.Spread it in a thin layer all around
    the vehicle,then vacuum it up later.Do this on a hot day,with the windows rolled up.
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    Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    Thanks gentlemen. I'd heard about the coffee grounds method, but didn't know about spreading it all around the car.

    Stupid question: are the grounds *used* grounds? or ground coffee out of a can?

    (Also, still can't quite believe that *anything* would eliminate odors in the a/c duct system, or in the upholstery.)
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    Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    Coffee would smell better than mold. Anything sitting long enough in a car that has a smell will be absorbed by the upholstery, vinyl, mats, carpet and headliner. That being, coffee would work and vinegar, another natural smell remover.
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    Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    Out of the can.I bought a 2003 Dodge Dakota from a
    heavy smoker,& used ground coffee.After a short while,the smell was completely
    gone.
    I also used it on the Dakota I just bought,but made the mistake of using
    most of a large can of cheap coffee.The smell was a little overwhelming for a while,
    but very slight now.
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    Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    I've used the ground coffee method. I just put it in a large cup and drove around with it in the cup holder for a couple of weeks. The smell of the coffee was actually nice. It got rid of all the cigarette smell.
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    Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Thanks Larry. Do you recall if that ozone generator was one of the "small" ones like this?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-O...w/372636948086

    Or the "heftier" models like:

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/New-Comf...105a/300571933
    We've used the heftier types to clean houses. Yes, it works, but you have to leave while it's on.
    John, BN4

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    Cool Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    The machines that actually work well are expensive. Hard to justify unless you're using them professionally.

    For a consumer product, there are odor "bombs" that flood the space with neutralizing chemicals. They do unfortunately tend do add scents too.


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    Cool Re: Ozone generator - cigarette smoke smell in car?

    Here are a couple of pretty thorough vids on ozone machines. (The technique parts are fairly decent. Ignore the "sciencey" parts. He ain't no scientist.)




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